11 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, Northern California (1994-1997)
In 1994 and through 1997, Ion Frantzeskakis opened Stoa Gallery, on the first floor, at 11 Petaluma Blvd. N., at the picturesque town of Petaluma, a few miles North of San Francisco, in Northern California.
Housed in the old ballroom of a Victorian building which escaped the earthquake of 1906, and following the invitation of dear friend and outstanding photographer Morrie Camhi who owned the -then recently renovated- beautiful building, the art gallery soon became a friendly meeting place for artlovers of the area.
Stoa Gallery exhibited, among others, the work of sculptors Peter Forakis and Richard Chavez, photographers Morrie Camhi and Scott Hess, painters Leslie Abrahams, Manolis Polymeris, Angelos Sakkis, Carolyn Myers, Alexandros Vakirtzis, Robert McChesney, Franklin Williams, Toby Lurie, and others.
Stoa Gallery also became a venue for Petaluma Poetry Walk poetry readings, live music performances from cello to didjeridoo, fundraising host for several environmental causes, a practice shelter for the local Women's Choir...
Joe Catalano (1952-1998) performed with his wife, poet and musician Wendy Jeanne Burch in their collaborative piece Traffic Prayers, a meditation upon the bardos, written about in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Joe used keyboards, didjeridoo and a wind instrument of his invention...
We miss Petaluma, our good friends there, and mostly Morrie and Peter...